Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
* First Hawaiian Bank Foundation has donated $15,000 toward Phase 4 of Maui Food Bank's capital campaign which involves the installation of new, energy-efficient refrigeration and freezer units. Phase 4 aligns with Maui Food Bank's "Fresh 4 All" program, which is based on the agency's commitment to significantly increase the amount of produce and fresh foods collected, stored and distributed by Maui Food Bank.
* Aloha Petroleum, Ltd. recently presented the March of Dimes, Hawaii Chapter with a $17,916.64 donation to support the organization's mission to improve the health of babies and expectant mothers.
Brian Kakihara, senior vice president and regional supervisor Maui, First Hawaiian Bank (from left); Richard Yust, executive director, Maui Food Bank; Sarah Bredhoff, vice president, private banking officer, First Hawaiian Bank; and Royle Taogoshi, business banking officer, First Hawaiian Bank, hold a check from the bank for $15,000.
"As a kamaaina company, we are deeply committed to being strong community partners by supporting charitable organizations like the March of Dimes. The work they do, to help Hawaii's mothers and babies, supports countless families in our state," said Richard Parry, president and CEO of Aloha Petroleum, Ltd.
During January and February, Aloha Petroleum raised the funds for the March of Dimes, through a combination of canister donations and by selling World's Finest Chocolate at Aloha Island Mart convenience stores.
"We are honored to have the support of Aloha Petroleum and its generous customers," said Carmella Hernandez, state director of the March of Dimes, Hawaii Chapter. "Community support fuels our organization, and helps us reach more mothers and babies throughout the state."
* Veterans enrolled at the University of Hawaii Maui College will have a new place to study and network, thanks in large part to a $9,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. Funds were used to renovate the college's Veteran Resource Center, and a group of volunteers from UH-MC and Home Depot worked to complete the project.
The renovated center is a place for veterans to study, receive tutoring, hunt for jobs, network with friends or just take a break. It includes a new private study space, a kitchenette, new flooring, a lounge area and built-in computer desks.
"We had a great volunteer crew put in some long hours already to prep for today," said Cody Snyder, president of the UH Maui Veterans Club. "It's amazing to see it come along so quickly. We deeply appreciate The Home Depot Foundation's contribution, and can't wait to introduce our veterans to their new space."
For more information about the UH Maui Veterans Club, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 984-3242.